Books and movies have acted as a balm during the pandemic. Food writing provides a sort of fantastical consumption that requires using your imagination and wonder. In a new film starring Nicholas Cage, creators Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block worked with Portland chefs in creating the lead role of a truffle hunter in the Oregon wilderness. Science fiction writer Eli Lee taps into personal food memories and the familiar to create imaginary meals in her latest work. From “The Hobbit” to “Star Wars,” Leslie Bilderback recreates dishes described in favorite childhood stories and films in her new cookbook. Stuck on the couch, Folu Akinkuotu started a newsletter during the pandemic that combined her love of snacks and itch to travel. For this week’s “In the Weeds,” Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter talk about what's on tap at Crowns & Hops, a Black-owned brewery in Inglewood. Finally, it’s apple season at the farmer’s market.
Nicholas Cage’s “Pig,” mythical food, snacks, beer
From this Episode:
Nicolas Cage searches for his stolen companion animal in ‘Pig’
Filmmaker Michael Sarnoski recalls an article describing how truffle hunters would sit on their porches at night to protect their valuable dogs and pigs from being stolen.
Writing for science fiction: Eating unfamiliar food in a familiar world
Science fiction writer Eli Lee dips into her imagination to create fictional worlds and fantastical, quotidian meals of the future.
Magical nannies and Harry Potter: Bringing the food of fantasy to life
Reading can bring us nearly as close to food as eating it, and not just through cookbooks.
Unsnackable: Dreaming about inaccessible snacks during the pandemic
Folu Akinkuotu uses her weekly newsletter “ Unsnackable ” to share snacks from around the world that she may or may not have tasted.
‘In the Weeds’ with Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter of Crowns & Hops
Most entrepreneurs will tell you they don’t want to be like anybody else in the market, but Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter are hoping to start a revolution. They’re the owners...